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Philadelphia, PA – Former Governor Ed Rendell today endorsed Rebecca Rhynhart for City Controller. This endorsement follows the endorsement of the National Organization for Women last Friday.
Governor Rendell said, “Today I am endorsing Rebecca Rhynhart for City Controller because not only is she extraordinarily qualified for the job, but she also represents the change the City of Philadelphia needs. The incumbent, Alan Butkovitz, has been in office for 12 years, far too long. The Mayor is term-limited to two terms, and a fourth term for Alan would clearly not benefit the citizens of Philadelphia. We need an aggressive controller who will act as an independent auditor of all aspects of the city’s finances to achieve savings of potentially millions of dollars in waste and unfound dollars that could be going towards important city services, support the School District or back into taxpayers’ pockets.
“Rebecca represents the breath of fresh air we need. She will help reinvigorate and bring trust back to city government. And her strong financial background – in the banking industry, as City Treasurer and then Budget Director under Mayor Nutter and as Chief Administrative Officer under Mayor Kenney – provide her with the skillset and experience necessary to do this job right. She is also fiercely independent and is ready and willing to act as a watchdog over the financial management of all aspects of the city, something we have been sorely missing for the last 12 years.
“Her smarts, her experience, her independence and her willingness to take on the challenges that have gone overlooked for too long make her the best person for the job. This is a great opportunity for Democrats to take back their party and elect a competent, independent leader who will keep the city moving forward, and so I am happy to endorse Rebecca Rhynhart for City Controller.”
Rebecca said, “It is an honor to receive the endorsement of Governor Rendell, a great leader and longtime champion of Philadelphia and Philadelphians. Embarking on my first run for office, I want to continue his legacy and vision for the future of Philadelphia. His support means a great deal to me and I am grateful for his confidence and for his vote.”
Rebecca Rhynhart is the most qualified candidate for City Controller in recent history. With 15 years of financial experience, she spent the last nine years working at the City of Philadelphia, first as City Treasurer and Budget Director and then as Mayor Kenney’s Chief Administrative Officer. In her first run for office, Rebecca is the candidate with the independence and qualifications to restore trust, seeking to ensure government works on behalf of all Philadelphians. She is challenging the incumbent controller, Alan Butkovitz, believing that Philadelphians deserves more from their City Controller.
The Philadelphia primary will be held on May 16, 2017.